The Company

FileSociety™ is a service developed and hosted by Industrial Color Software (a division of Industrial Color, Inc.). Industrial Color Software pioneered on-line digital image workflow from the early days of professional digital photography with its GLOBALedit® web application. GLOBALedit® is used by thousands of users including many Fortune 500 companies such as Limited Brands, CBS and Time Warner to automate high-volume digital image review, management and distribution.

Always looking to find ways to provide greater productivity to their clients, GLOBALedit® integrated Aspera’s Fasp™ technology into its core application to enable incredibly high-speed file transfers of very large image files anywhere over the web. That changed everything. Clients immediately moved away from outdated, unreliable and insecure technology like FTP, and manual processes like CD/DVD shipping, and switched to GLOBALedit™ to share and distribute files with internal teams and global partners.

It was clear that a new service needed to be developed and hosted that would give anyone the power to safely manage and distribute large files and file sets of any kind, provide user and group access control and set of workflow features to allow organizations to control their files instead of being controlled by them. In 2008, FileSociety™ was born.



FileSociety™ is designed for any person, business or industry sector that needs to manage and distribute large files and large file sets quickly and securely. FileSociety™ handles any file type such as digital photography, high-resolution graphics, video, audio, medical imagery and 3D animation. Whether you are a freelance designer or a multi-national corporation, you benefit immediately by implementing FileSociety™ into your workflow.

FileSociety™ Industry List

  • Professional Photography
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Architecture
  • Medical Imaging and Healthcare
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Advertising Agencies
  • In-House Marketing Departments
  • Publishing
  • 3D Animation Studios
  • Graphics and Print Production
  • Industrial / Engineering
  • Museums / Libraries
  • Governmental Agencies


Adobe -

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information. The company’s award-winning technologies and software have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people anywhere at anytime.

Apple -

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

Aspera -

Aspera, Inc. develops breakthrough software transfer technologies to achieve optimal performance and cost savings using existing network infrastructure. Aspera is a profitable, privately held, technology development company based in Emeryville, California. In addition to our software products and SDK platform, we provide engineering services to implement our products and transfer technology in small to large business enterprises.

Isilon -

Isilon® Systems is the worldwide leader in clustered storage systems and software for file-based data. Isilon’s products combine an intelligent distributed file system with modular, enterprise-class, industry-standard hardware to deliver unmatched simplicity, scalability and value. Isilon IQ clustered storage systems speed access to critical data, while dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of storing, managing and sharing it-giving enterprises the power to transform data into information and information into breakthroughs.



FileSociety™ integrates Aspera’s Fasp™ technology to deliver files up to 100 times faster than FTP. Unlike TCP, Fasp™ uses standard UDP and achieves reliability in the application by retransmiting only the real packet loss. Fasp™ efficiently transmits in a single stream rather than dividing the file into chunks and uses automatic adaptive rate control to eliminate latency to fully utilize available bandwidth while maintaining balanced traffic to other users. FileSociety™ works with any web connection and popular browsers and does not require any special hardware, management or IT.


Complete Security - FileSociety’s™ utilization of the Fasp™ protocol provides complete built-in security without compromising transfer speed. The security model, based solely on open standards cryptography, consists of secure authentication of the transfer endpoints using the standard secure shell (SSH), on-the-fly data encryption using strong cryptography (AES-128) for privacy of the transferred data, and an integrity verification per data block, to safeguard against man-in-the-middle and anonymous UDP attacks. The transfer preserves the native file system access control attributes between all supported operating systems, and is highly efficient: With encryption enabled, Fas™p achieves WAN file transfers of 40-80 Mbps on a laptop computer; 100-150 Mbps on a P4 or equivalent single processor machine; and 200-400 Mbps+ on dual-processor or duo-core workstations

Secure Endpoint Authentication - Each transfer session begins with the transfer endpoints performing a mutual authentication over a secure, encrypted channel, using SSH ("standard secure shell"). SSH authentication provides both interactive password login and public-key modes. Once SSH authentication has completed, the Fasp™ transfer endpoints generate random cryptographic keys to use for bulk data encryption, and exchange them over the secure SSH channel. These keys are not written to disc, and are discarded at the end of the transfer session.

On-the-fly Data Encryption - Using the exchanged keys, each data block is encrypted on-the-fly before it goes on the wire. Fasp™ uses a 128-bit AES cipher, re-initialized throughout the duration of the transfer using a standard CFB (cipher feedback) mode with a unique, secret nonce (or "initialization vector") for each block. CFB protects against all standard attacks based on sampling of encrypted data during long-running transfers

Integrity Verification - Fasp™ accumulates a cryptographic hashed checksum, also using 128-bit AES, for each datagram. The resulting message digest is appended to the secure datagram before it goes on the wire, and checked at the receiver to verify message integrity. This protects against both man-in-the-middle and re-play attacks, and also against anonymous UDP denial-of-service attacks

Fasp File Transfer Compared to FTP

The following graphs compare file transfer throughput and transfer time for fasp file transfer and FTP file transfer in typical network scenarios. All fasp and FTP benchmarks are for file transfer tests run within the Aspera labs. In each test, a 1-gigabyte file was transferred between commodity Pentium-4 computers running Debian Linux, using a standard Debian Linux implementation of FTP and Aspera Scp for fasp file transfer. A nistnet network emulator was used to simulate network round-trip latency and packet loss conditions typical on the Internet. Actual FTP throughputs will depend on the particular implementation of FTP used, the operating system, and the particular network loss pattern, but the results shown are typical.

fasp vs. FTP on Gigabit Metropolitan and Wide Area Networks

Conventional TCP file transfer technologies such as FTP dramatically reduce the data rate in response to any packet loss, and cannot maintain long-term throughputs at the capacity of high-speed links. For example, the maximum theoretical throughput for TCP-based file transfer under metropolitan area network conditions (0.1% packet loss and 10 ms RTT) is 50 megabits per second (Mbps), regardless of bandwidth. The effective FTP throughput is even less (22 Mbps). In contrast, fasp achieves 100% utilization of high-speed links with a single transfer stream.
Gigabit Ethernet
In the particular test shown, the fasp throughput on a gigabit ethernet MAN (509 Mbps) presses the disk read/write speed limits of the endpoint computers. Perhaps more important, fasp maintains this throughput even as latency and packet loss increase (505 Mbps at 200 ms/2%). FTP throughput degrades to about 550 Kbps under the same conditions. While this 1000X speed advantage over traditional TCP transfers is only evident on the fastest long-haul networks, it illustrates the difference in the fasp approach.

fasp vs. FTP on Cross-continental Links

Aspera fasp sustains the highest possible end-to-end file transfer rates on cross-continental and intercontinental file transfers where latencies are high and packet loss is variable. An FTP file transfer from LA to New York (90 ms) will achieve 5-6 Mbps when loss is low (0.1%). As congestion on the link increases (1%), FTP dramatically reduces its rate to 1.4 Mbps. In contrast, fasp transfers data at link capacity. On a 155 Mbps link with 90 ms/1%, fasp transfers at 154 Mbps, 100 times faster than FTP. Using a more typical 45 Mbps link, the transfer is still 30 times faster than FTP.
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